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Bottled hard cider from Normandy?

wellworld Dec 10, 2013 07:18 PM

I am on the lookout for some of the fabulous hard ciders I enjoyed from Normandy this year for purchase in the Bay Area.
I have tried the usual suspects--Whole Foods, Jug Shop--and enjoyed their limited offerings, but I want to try some others.
Does anyone recall seeing any Normandy cider on the shelves recently?
First choice would be to find a place in the northwest quadrant of SF, but I am open to travelling a bit if necessary.
Thank you.

  1. pamf Dec 11, 2013 07:03 AM

    Since you are in the northwest part of SF it would be worth a call to Blackwell's (on Geary around 20th ave) to see if they have anything.

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      tripit Dec 10, 2013 10:14 PM

      There are several bottled ciders from Normandy available to drink at Upcider on Polk St. Upcider is a great bar and I love it for introducing me to many new ciders, but prices are typically in the range of 2x+ retail.

      Healthy Spirits on Castro St. at 15th also has a small selection from time to time. I have bought both the pear and apple versions of La Pere Jules cider there. You might want to call ahead and see if they have any available this week.

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      1. re: tripit
        Robert Lauriston Dec 11, 2013 08:42 AM

        The cider list at UpCider is remarkable. That would be a good place to taste a bunch of ciders and find those you want to track down retail.

      2. Robert Lauriston Dec 10, 2013 09:04 PM

        Arlequin carries Bordelet, that's the best I've had. You could ask the importer where else to find it:


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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          wally Dec 10, 2013 09:29 PM

          Paul Marcus also sells Bordelet.

          1. re: wally
            wellworld Dec 12, 2013 12:37 PM

            I appreciate suggestions from you both. Thanks.

        2. escargot3 Dec 10, 2013 08:33 PM

          I just had a great bottle that I got from the Berkeley Bowl.

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          1. re: escargot3
            wellworld Dec 12, 2013 12:37 PM

            Thank you for the suggestion.

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